Surprising Newsletter Headlines: BLR’s “Environmental Manager’s Compliance Advisor” Finds Not Much Has Changed 25 Years Later

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The "Environmental ManagerÂ?s Compliance Advisor" is a pioneering EPA compliance newsletter that is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Published by Business & Legal Reports, Inc. (BLR), the twice-monthly newsletter finds that headlines 25 years ago and today are not that different.

A relatively new Agency in 1981, The Environmental Protection Agency was being pressured by Congress’s “hammer” provisions. Basically the EPA was told to implement new regulations under RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) by specific dates, or Congress would do it for them. The result: an unprecedented flood of complicated new regulations.

Fortunately, the Environmental Manager’s Compliance Advisor came out that year with the express purpose of helping a brand new professional—the environmental manager—understand this regulatory torrent. Published by Business & Legal Reports, Inc. (BLR), the twice-monthly newsletter is celebrating its 25th year.

“We’re so proud of the Advisor,” said Bob Brady, BLR’s president and founder. “When EPA started publishing RCRA regulations for hazardous wastes in the 1980s, environmental managers were overwhelmed. The Advisor’s plain-English analysis and practical compliance advice has saved our subscribers work, helped them avoid trouble, and resulted in less pollution in American air, water, and soil.”

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An irony of the Advisor’s long tenure as the industry’s leading newsletter is the similarity between the issues in the news in 1981 and now. For example, here are some of the stories reported in its first issue – all still topical today: Would the new Republican President (Reagan) go soft on environmental enforcement… how to respond to an EPA inspector… and small quantity generator regulations. Brady commented, “Not much has changed in 25 years. EPA still produces an avalanche of regulations. It concentrates on enforcement. And the Environmental Manager’s Compliance Advisor continues to be a practical compliance tool.”

As a special 25th anniversary celebration, BLR offers a free download of 3 Advisor issues: the first issue in 1981 (known as “Compliance Management Report”), the first issue called the Advisor in 1985, and its most recent 2005 issue. Click to download.

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